Parella Motorsports Holdings, owner of the Formula Regional Americas and United States Formula 4 championships, has revealed the winners of its diversity scholarship for 2023.
Launched in 2021 to support female drivers and ones from minority backgrounds, the scholarship has so far been won by the likes of Indy Nxt star Ernie Francis Jr, FRegional Americas champion Raoul Hyman and FRegional Oceania race-winner Chloe Chambers.
The recipients of this year’s scholarship in single-seaters are Ava Dobson and Hannah Greenemeier, who will both race in US F4.
Greenemeier was one of Formula Scout’s top karters of 2021, as she was USA ProTour champion and sixth in the country’s Pro Kart Series on X30 Senior karts and third in the national winter series on KA100 Senior karts.
She continued to impress in 2022, coming fourth in the winter series in X30 Sr, then stepping up to the Pro Shifter class and finishing 10th on the ProTour and in the end-of-year SuperNationals. The 20-year-old tested in single-seaters during the year, including W Series’ FRegional car.
Greenemeier moves into car racing with Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport, and will be team-mate to USF Juniors podium-finisher Titus Sherlock.
“I am anxious to get going and get my car racing career started,” said Greenemeier. “The Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport programme has proven its success in the past, and I only hope that I can add to their results in the future.”
Kiwi Motorsport owner Teena Larsen commented: “We are delighted that Hannah has chosen us for her initial foray into open-wheel racing and based on her success in karting, we have high hopes for her. Hannah enters her rookie season with her goals set high, and we are aiming to help her achieve everything she has on her list.”
Dobson will debut in US F4 in July, as she does not turn 15 until June, and she will be part of Jay Howard Driver Development’s eight-car line-up. She has already begun an extensive testing programme.
She has been in junior kating for three years, and during her most impressive campaign in 2020 was 11th on KA100 Junior karts and 25th on X30 Jr karts in the Pro Kart Series, and 17th in the winter series and 20th in the ProTour on KA100 Jr karts. Dobson was 19th on KA100 Jr in the 2022 SuperNationals.
JHDD has also signed Frankie Mossman, who in 2020 was eighth on the ProTour in X30 Jr, then was third in the SuperNationals and 15th in the ProTour (both KA100 Sr) and sixth on the ProTour (X30 Sr) in 2022.
Last year he cameoed in USF2000 with JHDD, finishing eighth on debut, and recently did the YACademy Winter Series. He claimed pole and two wins in the F4 class at Sebring, then made the class podium again at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Claiming F4 pole there was team-mate Michael Costello, who netted three class wins to be top F4 driver in the combined championship standings.
JHDD’s other new signings, Tanner DeFabis, Dane Scott, US F4 returnee Michael Boyiadzis and IndyCar race-winner Mark Dismore’s grandson Logan Adams, all raced there too.